Gemeinholzer, Birgit , Zetzsche, Holger , Haszprunar, Gerhard , Klenk, Hans-Peter , Waegele, Johann-Wolfgang .
Establishment of a DNA-Bank-Network.
A network of German DNA banks was established in spring 2007, supported by the German Science Foundation (DFG). The network covers the whole range of biological diversity, and is maintained through cooperation of four partner institutions: Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (BGBM), Bavarian State Collection of Zoology Munich (ZSM), Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig Bonn (ZFMK), and German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures Braunschweig (DSMZ). The main focus of the network is to enhance taxonomic, systematic, genetic, and evolutionary studies by providing (1) at-cost availability of DNA material for further, complementary or corroborating studies (2) high quality, long-term storage of DNA material on which molecular studies have been performed, so that results can be verified, extended, and complemented in the future (3) full on-line documentation of each sample, including the provenance of the original material, the place of voucher deposit, the techniques used for DNA extraction, links to previously published molecular data and digital images of vouchers if accessible. Several quality standards for long-term DNA storage are being established concerning laboratory handling for DNA extraction and lyophilization, the technical infrastructure for storage at -80Â°C, documentation including digitalization of voucher specimens, standardization, public awareness, and institutional sustainability. Promoting the continual inclusion of well documented DNA samples by scientists is crucial to the long-term success of the project, since number and quality of accessible DNA samples determines the usefulness of a DNA bank. Depositing DNA material should become common practice for any scientist conducting biological research following the “Proposals for safeguarding good scientific practice”. The network is available via an online portal (http://www.dnabank-network.org/).
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1 - Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Free University Berlin, Koenigin-Luise-Straße 6-8, Berlin, 14195, Germany
2 - Bavarian State Collection of Zoology Munich (ZSM), Muenchhausenstr. 21, Munich, 81247, Germany
3 - German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures Braunschweig (DS, Mascheroder Weg 1b, Braunschweig, 38124, Germany
4 - Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig Bonn (ZFMK), Adenauerallee 160, Bonn, 53113, Germany
DNA Bank Network.
Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Topics
Location: Ball Room & Party Room/SUB
Date: Monday, July 28th, 2008
Time: 12:30 PM